Hairy Geographers Club

This November, quite a few of the male staff and postgrads in the Department have been sprouting facial topiary. This isn’t an attempt to live up to the high standards of geographical fashion (tweed coat, leather elbow patches etc.), as I’m sure you agree, we are all veritable fashionistas (I say this as someone who once gave a lecture with my jumper on back to front!)

Instead, the alarming growth in facial hair in the department is down to Movember, the now annual fundraising scheme which aims to raise money for charitable issues. Whilst Movember is usually about promoting Men’s Health, we’ve taken a slightly different tack in the Department. We’re raising money for a local charity, the Anthony Walker Foundation. Anthony was a schoolboy in Liverpool who was murdered in a racially motivated attack in 2005. The Foundation was set up by his family to promote equality and diversity in education, sport and the arts. His mother, Gee, was given an honorary degree by the University last year in recognition of her work with the foundation.

As it’s the last week of November, the facial hair is coming along nicely, although the sense of taste of some staff members is definitely open to question. If you would like to donate any money before we all have a shave on Saturday, then please go to

BREAKING NEWS There will also be a quiz/guess whose ‘tache competition running later on in the week. Blog readers can get a sneak preview below, but in order to be in with a chance of winning the prize, you must have donated! The full list of photos will appear shortly!

An early teaser for this week’s competition – can you guess whose Moustache’s these are? To be in with a chance of winning the prize, you must donate!

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